Telugu community gathered to welcome Hon. Parvathaneni Harish, the newly appointed Consul General of India at Pasand Irving Restaurant on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Prasad Thotakura, TANA President introduced Hon. CGI Harish to the gathering as he is the first of person of Telugu origin to assume this highest position in US consulate history.
Hon. CGI Harish joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1990, he has learnt Arabic at the American University of Cairo and passed the examination with distinction. He has served in Indian Mission in Cairo and Riyadh and headed the post as Indian Representative to the Palestinian Authority stationed in Gaza city. He thereafter worked in the East Asia and External Affairs. He also worked as the Joint Secretary and Officer on Special Duty to the Hon’ble Vice President of India Mr. Hamid Ansari. Hon. Harish grew up in Vijayawada, attended NSM Public School, Layola College and graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad with a Mechanical Engineering degree.
Prasad Thotakura and Dr. S. Raghavendra Prasad, former TANA President felicitated Hon. CGI Harish with a shawl, Manju Kanneganti, TANA SW Regional Representative presented a bouquet of flowers. Chalapathi Rao Kondrakunta, TANA Membership promotion Chair and Dr. Bhanumathi Ivatury, TANA Social Services Chair presented a token appreciation to Hon. CGI and his wife Nandita. Geeta Damannas, TANTEX President and Suresh Manduva, TANTEX President-elect also felicitated Hon. CGI by presenting a shawl and a bouquet of flowers.
Several members actively participated in Q&A session with Hon. CGI Harish. CGI Harish requested the gathering to submit their suggestions, ideas and complaints so that he can serve the community better. CHI Harish thanked Prasad Thotakrua for organizing a grand welcome reception in such a short notice and also thanked all for attending the event.